Author: Erin Thomas


Is MCCC doing enough to fight opiate addiction on campus

This is what a Narcan canister looks like. It's used as a nasal spray when a drug user overdoses. It all starts with messing around with a group of friends. “I started off just experimenting with peers,” says Jessica Goins, a recovering drug addict. “And it just progressed before I […]


MCCC Robotics team headed to world championships

MCCC’s Vex-U Team Virus, right, defeats The University of Toledo during the winter qualifier tournament Jan. 13 at MCCC Vex Team 3547: Virus, the college’s robotics team, is headed to the world championships. On Jan. 13, Team Virus defeated eight university teams at the winter qualifier tournament to secure a […]


Black History Month still important, vital to us all

The first Black Culture Center at Kent State University is where many of the first Black History Month celebrations took place in 1970. The month was officially proclaimed by President Gerald Ford in 1976. There was a time a few years ago when I began to let the thought creep […]


MCCC students helping hurricane victims

The MCCC Community Service Club is jumping into action as hurricanes rip through the south. The club is helping collect donations or dollar vouchers for the Thirty-One Gifts zipper pouch relief fundraiser. Club adviser Allison Gallardo said the club is helping a student fill bags for the victims of Hurricane […]


Agora wins eight awards at Michigan Press contest

The Agora won eight awards in the Michigan Press Association competition. The MPA competition honors the best work in journalism in the state. It includes several categories, ranging from large professional newspapers to small colleges. The Agora competed in the division for college newspapers that publish less than weekly. The […]


Candidates focus on the millage, college finances

Candidates, from left, Aaron Mason, Steven Hill, Edward Feldman and William Bruck, discuss MCCC's financial challenges. Money woes were on the minds of four Monroe County Community College Board of Trustees candidates. The candidates were asked a variety of questions at a forum sponsored by The Agora and each came […]


Gas leak leads to evacuations

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, a gas leak forced an emergency evacuation of MCCC’s Administration and West Technology buildings. The evacuation lasted about 90 minutes, effecting both students and employees. Monroe Township Fire Department and Michigan Gas arrived to turn off the gas. The gas leak was caused by workers installing […]


Student Government meetings set

MCCC’s Student Government will meet three times in  September to get organized and elect officers. Student Government will hold its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Student Government room, located in the Cellar in the basement of the A Building. The […]


Students distracted by digital devices in classroom

Using cell phones and other electronic devices can be distracting to other students (Photo by Justin Pawlowski). An increasingly debated issue on college campuses is that of students using their devices in the classroom. Devices such as cellphones, tablets, and laptops can be used to benefit the student, but often […]


Increase in new students helps enrollment numbers

MCCC’s President Kojo Quartey is optimistic about this semester’s enrollment numbers. “New students are up by almost 10 percent, while total enrollment is down by less than 1 percent,” Quartey said. “Which is good news! Last year we were down 8 percent,” he said. The campus has experienced a steady […]